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EXTRACTS AND REVIEWS. We have received from the Land Nationalisa- tion Society a summarised import of their fourth van campaign. This shows that their van lecturers travelled during the past summer through seven counties in the north of England and the south of Scotland. They visited all the chief towns and large villages, and report that 175 meetings were held altogether, at all of which a resolution was carried: to the effect that the nationalisation of the land and its control by representative local authorities are essential to the prosperity of the country and the just distribution of the national earnings. The Executive Committee expect to add a third van for their next year's work. St. Mervyn's, by Jessie Armstrong (Religions Tract Society) price, 2s.—This story is full of striking incidents, which are related in such a graphic, yet natural style that the reader's atten- tion is held till he comes to the last page. The writer's object is to show how the neglect of avail- ing ourselves of opportunities to do good may bring great trouble upon others, and cause no little suffering to ourselves. Lindenholm, by Margaret Haycraft (R. T. Society) price, 2s. 6d.-This well-known writer has done far better work than what we have in this book. The conversations are pleasant enough the lessons taught are practical, and must do good if taken to heart; but there are no striking events related likely to arrest the attention of young readers. At the same time the volume can be commended on account of its deep spiritual tone. Esther Cameron's Story, by Rosa Nouchette Carey (R. T. Society) price, 2s. 6d.-Esther tells her story as one who thoroughly believes in story- telling. The characters are not puppets, but living beings; and from page to page we watch their words and deeds with delight, wondering how the story will end. The name of this writer is so widely known as a children's favourite that! she needs no commendation from us. The get up of this volume marks it as one that will be often selected as a present during the coming season. Home. Sweet Home, by Rev. R. G. Soans, B.A. (R T. Society); price, 3d. 6d.—Mr Soans does not spoil his story by introducing too much of the North Country dialect. The story of Lena's quiet, unostentatious work; her hard struggles and self- sacrifice, and of Margaret's waywardness and sel- fishness, is told with ability, freshness, and power. Poor Margaret had to suffer terribly for leaving her home as she did. The trials which came to meet her brought her to her senses at last, and when she returned to the old home she was able to make it a sweet home to herself and rela- tives. A first-class story for girls. Tom Heron of Sax, by Evelyn Everett-Green (R. T. Society) price, 58.- It is but few novelists who can write a good historical tale. It is by no means easy to make the events of centuries ago sufficiently interesting to absorb the attention of present-day readers. The writer of this tale has a special gift in dealing with history. If she had done nothing else in that line, this story of the Evangelical Revival of the Eighteenth Century would unquestionably prove her ability to make the old new, and to cause men and women of the past to appear before us, and to speak and act as they used to do when in the flesh. The career of Tom Heron, the hero, was a remarkable one. His struggles against his besetting sins, and efforts to lead a better life, his sickness and other trials, are described in a masterly style. The Prayer Book and Lord's Prayer, by F. D Maurice (Macmillan); price, 3s. 6d.-This volume consists of nineteen sermons on some of the prayers in the Book of Common Prayer, and nine sermons on the Lord's Prayer. As we read them we cannot but envy those lawyers who bad the privilege of hearing these burning sentences as they came from the lips of the earnest and thoughtful theologian. We differ widely from some of Maurice's conclusion, at the same time we gladly confess that we have had a rich feast in reading the e sermons. This volume will do good to the heart and mind of all devout persons. The Doctrine of Sacrifice, by P. D. Maurice (Macmillan); price, 3s. Gd.-The last volume of the present series. The works of so eminent a writer, at such a low price and in such an attrac- tive form, ought to have a very wide circulation. Maurice's views on the Atonement when first made known caused not a little commotion in the theological world, and he was denounced by many of the leading divines v almost aU sections of the Christian church—m t fiercely by those of his own comy-,anion-as ne most dangerous and hecexouojc teacher of the day. But much of what was considered heterodoxy then is orthodox to- day. The dedicatory letter of forty-six pages, which deals with the attack made by Dr. Candlish against Maurice's theology, is one of the best things we have read in the English language. These twelve volumes ouht to be in the posses- sion of every preacher of the Gospel. THE GROWTH OF LONDON.—Almost immedi- ately after the conquest the building taste of the Norman exhibited itself; St. Paul's Cathedral was rebuilt, and many new ecclesiastical founda- tions came into being. The number of monas- teries built in the reign of Henry I. was so great that almost an the labourers of the country are said to have become bricklayers and carpenters. The distinctive feature of Plantagenek London was the coming of the friars in the thirteenth century, and it is not easy to understand how room could be found within the City walls for the extensive buildings of the Black, the White and Grey Friars. During the Tudor petiod the mon- asteries which h. J taken such firm root in the land were suppress ",nd many troubles followed therefrom. One effect, is to leave large portions of the city almost in rutins. Gradually this evil was overcome, and hospitals took the place of monasteries and friaries. How wild the surround- ing country was may be guessed from a proclama- tion of Henry VIII., the object of which was to preserve the partridges, pheasants, and herons from his palace at Westminster to St. Giles in the Fields, from thence to Islington, Hampstead, and Hornsey Park." The settled character of Eliza- beth's reign caused a change in this respect. Suburbs extended on all sides, and citizens built themselves residences in Middlesex, Essex, and Surrey. But Elizabeth found it necessary to issue a proclamation in 1580 forbidding anyone to build upon ground which had never been built upon before within the memory of man; the ex- tension of London being deemed to be full of evil, as spreading the plague, causing a scarcity of victuals etc.—From Cassell's Storehouse of General Information" for November.